Who might Rick Mason be that his inner dimension is so utterly interesting that people pay about $800 for the sole record he and his band Rare Feelings produced in 1977? He turns his interior life inside out and brings the listener into a state of trance, listening and dancing to his raging funk 'n' soul music. Organ, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, drums, and percussion build a simmering foundation for the eruptive yet sophisticated brass section, and when the jazzy flute sets in you will go crazy. And this is indeed a classic of electric jazz spiced up with the hypnotizing groove of '70s funk from the darker corners of the city. While this album starts quite smoothly with a steady groove and straight melodies, the second song, Dope, already shows Mason's true inner dimensions, constantly shifting between twisted jazzy rhythms and wide-open soul harmonies that float gently down your spine. The interplay of all the instruments with Mason's mumbling voice, singing on top, is just magical. We drift further along into soft passages, with little twists and turns make this an ever-growing and ever-captivating album. Funk Ain't Being Funky is a prototypical funk groove with killer electric piano lines and an ear-blowing brass section. Once more Mason mumbles in a quite unique way upon the solid instrumental foundation. Even Sly Stone and his band would be proud of these brass lines. Mason certainly had the guts to go for a gentle funk ballad while retaining the honest and earthy feeling a great funk band should have. Metamorphosis Funk, with swirling organs, flutes, and rhythm guitars raging upon a wall of groove, is just one highlight - if you go further you'll experience the wild and totally unleashed lead guitar spitting out flashes of melodies. The Inner Dimensions of Rick Mason might have been a bit too far out for the average mainstream consumer when it was originally released in 1977, but those enlightened spirits who know how to deal with dark and mysterious progressive funk and lighter tunes that caress your ears and soul will enjoy this album for a lifetime.
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